Few activities can beat summer fun in the Florida sun.  However, overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can be dangerous to your health.  Too much UVA and UVB ray exposure leads to painfully pealing sunburns in the short-term along with wrinkles, age spots, and even possibly cancer in the long-term.  Here are some easy sun safety tips to implement during family fun vacations in Florida.

Wear Sunscreen

While you may be tempted to forego the sunscreen and come home with tropically dark skin, the long-term effects simply aren’t worth it.  Protect yourself and every member of your family with a healthy coating of 30 SPF or higher sun screen.  Every hour or two, reapply you and your children’s sunscreen, especially when swimming is involved.

Take an Umbrella to the Beach

Not only will you feel cooler in the shade of the umbrella, but you will also be protected from the harsh rays of the sun.  Spread out a beach towel and a good book, and watch the kids have fun playing their games on the beach—while wearing sunscreen, of course.

Rest in the Shade

When you are enjoying other activities aside from the beach, be sure to take breaks in the shade to cool off and prevent sun damage to your skin.  You should still be wearing sunscreen, but breaks in the shade will help you cool off as well as keeping you out of the sun.

Wear Sunglasses, a Hat, and Lip Balm

Your eyes can be damaged by the sun’s rays, so wearing sunglasses that offer 99%-100% UV ray protection is a great way to keep your eyesight protected despite long hours outside.  A hat will protect your scalp and much of the sensitive skin on your face from becoming overexposed to the sun.  Sunburned lips are no fun, so carry lip balm in your pocket that has at least 15 SPF.

Be sure you utilize all these tips for yourself and your children, since young skin requires extra protection from the sun.  After all, a blistering sunburn or two before the age of 18 has a dramatic impact on the child’s chances of developing skin cancer later in life.  These simple tips will ensure you and your family’s safety as you spend time at one of the best timeshares in Florida this year as a family.

 

Sources: http://www.weather.com/activities/health/skin/sunsafety/tips.html

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/sun-safety-tips

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